Pinay fulfills dream in Manama

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Lulubelle M. Becerral Fontelo graduated Cum Laude at the Adamson University in 2004. She was hired as Technical Writer of Gulf Union Insurance and Reinsurance Company. But due to her credential and past work experience, she was made me as their Software Tester as well. After three years, she was promoted as the Supervisor of Software Administration.

Second largest

Her work involves Business Analysis, Report Analysis, Software Testing and Technical Writer. “I work in an insurance company here in Bahrain. Despite the increase of number of insurance companies arising in this country, our company was able to develop its portfolio as the second largest motor portfolio in the market. We have the highest number of policies in the market. I guess the driving force behind this success is having a competent team in the organization working as a team to achieve and aim high for the best interest of the company.”

The most exciting project she has been involved would be the implementation of the new Finance System of the company. “I have a very little experience in Accounting, not to mention this is not my major. However, as the implementer of the project, before I can even start with it, I need to understand the world of Accounting and I am proud of myself as I am able to gasp everything I need to know on my own. Within a year, this application went live and being use up to this moment and I am being the administrator of this system. This project has also made me in to my position now.”

A childhood dream

She was born on June 20, 1980 in Tuguegarao City. Her late father Angelito Becerral was a Civil Engineer while her mom Linda Maret Becerral is now enjoying her retirement as a Chief Librarian. She has two siblings Karen Becerral, a Physiotherapist in Bahrain and Heidee Becerral, a Legal Researcher of DPWH in Manila.

She took her elementary education at Tuguegarao East Central School graduating in 1995 and her secondary education at Cagayan National High School as First Honor of Class 1999.

New couple

In 2008, he tied the knot with Marvin Fontelo, a Telecommunications Manager. They have one daughter Mariabella Lou Fontelo, now 3 years old. “My husband and I are both here in Bahrain. We got married in the Philippines and three months after my husband flew to work here. I stayed in the Philippines for almost 9 months before I finally came here. I came here with visit visa and fortunately, the company, which I am still connected until now, hired me.”

“As a new couple, we decided to enjoy the company of each other and we will plan to have kids when finally we are financially and emotionally ready. Therefore, it took us 5 years before we had our first-born. We only have one child; she is now 3 years old. If God’s will, we still want to have another one but this is all up to HIM only.”

“My husband is an IT graduate. He is currently working in the Ministry as telecommunications engineer. He is the programming for telecommunication devices used.”

Changing the path

“I have been dealing with different people having different cultures but I would never change nor exchange my nationality. We have this great love to our family and fellow that makes me proud to be a Filipino.”

She will be turning 35 on June 2016. “I still have a long way to go. I have not even been half of my plan in life. I would say not yet. I have yet to learn and explore many things. With the difficulties that we face in our lives, nothing is permanent and sometimes, even if you do not want to, you are force to change the path you plan to have. I would say my greatest achievement is having a daughter and raising her on our own. Being a working parent is never easy especially when the demand of your work requires 24/7 attention.”●

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. He has released two books – Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold (2014) and Filipino Heroes in the Gulf (2016). Connect with him on facebook.




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